ERIC Number: ED030783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
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Evaluation of an Adult Basic Education Program in a Southern Rural Community.
Aker, George F.; And Others
A study was made of adult basic education in a Southern rural community to determine characteristics of students and instructional staff; grade level progression, rate of dropout, student satisfaction, and appraisals of instructional staff; and the relationship between program success and characteristics of students and instructional staff. Data were collected via questionnaires, standardized tests, and interview schedules from a 1/3 random sample of students (305 persisters and 116 dropouts) and 77 teachers and teacher aides. Student gains in grade level scores were significant; nearly 3/4 stayed in the program; they were satisfied with the program; and staff were generally satisfied with student progress. Factors which seemed to favor achievement were being middle aged, having had no prior school experience, and being of rural residence. Dropouts were likely to be young, with no family responsibilities, and not too committed to a particular line of work. Staff characteristics differences between "high" and "low" achieving centers were slight but it seemed that a disproportionate share of "high" center teachers expressed concern for the problem of individualization. (nl)
Descriptors: Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Dropouts, Age Groups, Instructional Program Divisions, Marital Status, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Research, Residential Patterns, Rural Areas, Statistical Data, Student Evaluation, Teacher Aides, Teacher Characteristics
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Dept. of Adult Education.